Va. man pleads guilty to paying women overseas to sexually abuse children

WASHINGTON — A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to paying women in the Philippines to sexually abuse young children.

The Department of Justice for the Eastern District of Virginia said Dwayne Stinson, 52, of Manassas, watched and directed the abuse during video chats with the women. Prosecutors said he admitted some of the young victims in live video sessions were as young six years old.

During one chat, federal prosecutors presented evidence of communication between Stinson and a woman he believed was the mother of a 6-year-old boy. During the chat, Stinson instructed the women to engage in sexual acts with the young boy and saved screenshots of the abuse on his computer, according to investigators.

“Good show … look at the bright side … about 5 more years before you have to worry about getting pregnant, lol” Stinson is accused of typing to the woman during the 2011 video chat.

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Stinson’s arrest came after a 2010 investigation in which Department of Homeland Security investigators looked into individuals in the Dallas region accused of sending payments overseas for what prosecutors called online live sexual abuse of children. Investigators said they identified 40 people in the Philippines who accepted the payments, and several thousand names of individuals who paid them.

During the Dallas investigation, information found on Stinson, was sent to Prince William County police. In March 2012, investigators searched Stinson’s home and found hard drives they say contained the screenshots of the abuse.

During the search, Stinson admitted to police that during these sessions he would communicate with the women and instruct them on how to abuse the children, according to court documents.

Stinson was arrested in July 2017. When asked about the almost five-year period in between the search of Stinson’s home and his arrest, Joshua Stueve, a spokesman with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia, told WTOP that he could not publicly share any details on the timeline leading to Stinson’s arrest.

After accepting a plea deal with prosecutors for producing child pornography, Stinson faces 15 years in prison when he is sentenced in August.

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